Lois Maxwell

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Date of Birth 14 February 1927, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Date of Death 29 September 2007, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia (bowel cancer) Birth Name Lois Ruth Hooker Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Lois Maxwell was a Golden Globe-winning Canadian actress, known for originating the role of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise, which she played for fourteen films. Born Lois Hooker in Kitchener, Ontario to parents who were a teacher and a nurse respectively, she ran away from home at the age of fifteen in order to join the Canadian Army during World War II. Enlisted initially as a soldier, she quickly became part of the Army Entertainment Corps, travelling Europe during the war, performing music and dance numbers to entertain the troops; often performing with Wayne and Shuster. The truth about her age was discovered when the group reached London, and in order to avoid court martial and deportation back to Canada, she enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where she became friends with fellow student Roger Moore. Travelling to Hollywood at the age of twenty, she quickly found work and soon won the Golden Globe Award as "Best Newcomer—Female" for her role in the Shirley Temple comedy That Hagen Girl,[2] as well as participating in a 1949 Life Magazine photo layout in which she posed with another up-and-coming actress named Marilyn Monroe. It was at this time that she changed her surname to Maxwell, a name she borrowed from a ballet dancer friend. The rest of her family also adopted the name Maxwell.[3] Maxwell made a guest appearance in the "Something for a Rainy Day" episode of the ITC series The Baron, playing an insurance investigator. Most of her work was minor roles in B movies.[2] Having tired of Hollywood, she moved back to Europe, living in Rome for five years from 1950 to 1955. There she made a series of films, and at one point became an amateur racing driver. While on a trip to Paris, she met her future husband, television executive Peter Marriott; they were married in 1957 and moved to live in London. Their daughter Melinda (born 1958) and their son Christian (born 1959) were both born in London. Marriott, a former commander of the Viceroy of India's household troops, had himself been screen-tested by Cubby Broccoli as a potential James Bond. During the 1960s, she appeared in many other television series and movies both in Britain and Canada, and was the star of Adventures in Rainbow Country later that decade. She guest starred in episodes of The Saint and The Persuaders! which both starred Roger Moore. Maxwell also had a secondary role in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. She provided the voice of Atlanta for the science fiction children's series Stingray in 1963. She also portrayed Moneypenny in a 1967 made-for-television special (produced by EON Productions) entitled, Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond. Born Lois Hooker in Kitchener, Ontario to parents who were a teacher and a nurse respectively, she ran away from home at the age of fifteen in order to join the Canadian Army during World War II. Enlisted initially as a soldier, she quickly became part of the Army Entertainment Corps, travelling Europe during the war, performing music and dance numbers to entertain the troops; often performing with Wayne and Shuster. The truth about her age was discovered when the group reached London, and in order to avoid court martial and deportation back to Canada, she enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where she became friends with fellow student Roger Moore. Travelling to Hollywood at the age of twenty, she quickly found work and soon won the Golden Globe Award as "Best Newcomer—Female" for her role in the Shirley Temple comedy That Hagen Girl,[2] as well as participating in a 1949 Life Magazine photo layout in which she posed with another up-and-coming actress named Marilyn Monroe. It was at this time that she changed her surname to Maxwell, a name she borrowed from a ballet dancer friend. The rest of her family also adopted the name Maxwell.[3] Maxwell made a guest appearance in the "Something for a Rainy Day" episode of the ITC series The Baron, playing an insurance investigator. Most of her work was minor roles in B movies.[2] Having tired of Hollywood, she moved back to Europe, living in Rome for five years from 1950 to 1955. There she made a series of films, and at one point became an amateur racing driver. While on a trip to Paris, she met her future husband, television executive Peter Marriott; they were married in 1957 and moved to live in London. Their daughter Melinda (born 1958) and their son Christian (born 1959) were both born in London. Marriott, a former commander of the Viceroy of India's household troops, had himself been screen-tested by Cubby Broccoli as a potential James Bond. During the 1960s, she appeared in many other television series and movies both in Britain and Canada, and was the star of Adventures in Rainbow Country later that decade. She guest starred in episodes of The Saint and The Persuaders! which both starred Roger Moore. Maxwell also had a secondary role in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. She provided the voice of Atlanta for the science fiction children's series Stingray in 1963. She also portrayed Moneypenny in a 1967 made-for-television special (produced by EON Productions) entitled, Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond. Maxwell lobbied for the role in James Bond, as her husband had had a heart attack and they needed the money. Director Terence Young, who once had turned her down on the grounds that she looked like she "smelled of soap", offered her either Moneypenny or the recurring Bond girlfriend, Sylvia Trench, but she was uncomfortable with a revealing scene the latter had in the screenplay. The role as M's secretary guaranteed just two days' work at £100 per day; Maxwell supplied her own clothes.[4] The Trench character, however, was eliminated after From Russia With Love. In 1967, Maxwell angered Sean Connery for a time by appearing in the Italian spy spoof Operation Kid Brother with the star's brother Neil Connery and Bernard Lee.[4] In 1971, Maxwell was nearly replaced for Diamonds Are Forever after demanding a pay raise; her policewoman's cap disguises hair she had already dyed for another role.[4] For the filming of A View to a Kill, her final appearance, Bond producer Cubby Broccoli told her that the two of them were the only ones from Dr No still working on the series. Maxwell asked that her character be killed off, but Broccoli recast the role instead.[4] She was succeeded by Caroline Bliss and later Samantha Bond. As Moneypenny, according to author Tom Lisanti, she was seen as an "anchor", with her flirtatious repartee with Bond lending the films realism and humanism. For Moneypenny, Bond was "unobtainable", freeing the characters to make outrageous sexual double entendres. At the same time, her character did little to imbue the series with changing feminist notions.[2] Her total screen time as Moneypenny in 14 films was less than two hours, and she spoke fewer than 200 words In 1973, Maxwell's husband, who had long been ill following a serious heart attack in the early 1960s, died. Maxwell then returned to Canada, settling in Toronto, where she wrote a column for the Toronto Sun under the Miss Moneypenny pseudonym and became a businesswoman working in the textile industry. In 1994, she returned to England once more in order to be near her daughter, and retired to a cottage in the town of Frome, Somerset. Following surgery for bowel cancer in 2001, Maxwell moved to Perth, Australia to live with her son's family. She remained there, working on her autobiography, until her death at Fremantle Hospital, on September 29, 2007. "It's rather a shock," longtime friend Roger Moore told BBC Radio 5 Live. "She was always fun and she was wonderful to be with and was absolutely perfect casting," he said of her role as Miss Moneypenny. "It was a great pity that, after I moved out of Bond, they didn't take her on to continue in the Timothy Dalton films. I think it was a great disappointment to her that she had not been promoted to play M. She would have been a wonderful M."

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Birth Name

Lois Ruth Hooker

Birth Place

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Birth Date

2/14/1927

Death Date

9/29/2007
Known For
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For Your Eyes Only

Moneypenny

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Satellite in the Sky

Kim Hamilton

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Live and Let Die

Moneypenny

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Submarine Attack

Lt. Lily Donald

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That Hagen Girl

Julia Kane

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Man in Hiding

Thelma Speight / Tasman

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Women of Twilight

Christine

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The Crime Doctor's Diary

Jane Darrin

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The Unstoppable Man

Helen Kennedy

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Age of Innocence

Mrs. Hogarth

Starring In
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Bond Girls Are Forever

Miss Moneypenny (archive footage)

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Best Ever Bond

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Fourth Angel

Olivia

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Hard to Forget

Helen Applewhite

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Lady in the Corner

Mary Smith

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A View to a Kill

Miss Moneypenny

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Eternal Evil

Monica Duval

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Octopussy

Miss Moneypenny

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For Your Eyes Only

Moneypenny

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Moonraker

Miss Moneypenny

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The Spy Who Loved Me

Miss Moneypenny

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Age of Innocence

Mrs. Hogarth

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Sporting Chance

Louise (archive footage)

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Bons baisers de Hong Kong

Miss Moneypenny

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The Man with the Golden Gun

Miss Moneypenny

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The Man with the Golden Gun

Moneypenny

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Ufo Annientate Shado Uccidete Straker...Stop

Miss Holland (2 episodes, 1970-1971)

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Live and Let Die

Moneypenny

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Live and Let Die

Moneypenny

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Endless Night

Cora Walker Brown

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Diamonds Are Forever

Moneypenny

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Ufo Distruggete Base Luna

Miss Holland (2 episodes, 1970-1971)

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The Adventurers

Woman at Fashion Show (uncredited)

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Moneypenny

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You Only Live Twice

Miss Moneypenny

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Operation Kid Brother

Max

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Thunderball

Moneypenny

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Goldfinger

Moneypenny

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From Russia With Love

Miss Moneypenny

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The Haunting (1963)

Grace Markway

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Flieg mit mir ins Glück

Gwen Sandley

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Lolita

Nurse Mary Lore

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Dr. No

Miss Moneypenny

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The Unstoppable Man

Helen Kennedy

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Time Without Pity

Vickie Harker

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Satellite in the Sky

Kim Hamilton

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Submarine Attack

Lt. Lily Donald

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Man in Hiding

Thelma Speight / Tasman

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Aida

Amneris

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Scotland Yard Inspector

Margaret 'Peggy' Maybrick

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Women of Twilight

Christine

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The Crime Doctor's Diary

Jane Darrin

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Corridor of Mirrors

Lois

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The Dark Past

Ruth Collins

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That Hagen Girl

Julia Kane

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A Matter of Life and Death

Actress (uncredited)

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